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Tax Measures Seen as Essential for Big Infrastructure Programs

Experts debate raising money from repatriation of offshore profits, tout importance of municipal bonds.

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Mayors Celebrate Immigrants While Facing ICE’s New ‘Non-Cooperative’ City List

“We’re all trying to figure out what is accomplished by this list and how it is going to be used,” according to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Bad Odor Wafts Over Mobile, Alabama

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kentucky’s quandary over old state office building; Montana’s prison population spikes; and increasing diversity in New York state government.

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States Cut Some Red Tape in Prescriptions

Doctors and patients complain that prior authorization and other insurance requirements slow access to needed medication. States are doing something about it.

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‘The Collapse of the White Working Class’

A new study explains why economic distress has led to mortality-rate spike for white, middle-age Americans without a college degree.

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NFL Commissioner Sends ‘Grim’ Letter to Oakland Mayor

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Drone crashes into Buffalo City Hall; Iowa’s awful repeat drunk-driving record; and county supervisor in Virginia attacked by deer.

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Fight Brews Between West Coast States and Trump Over Climate Policies

“To have a president who will in the next few days, or weeks, announce he intends to roll back our efforts to fight climate change is unacceptable,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said this weekend.

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New Legislation Requires Evaluation of Philadelphia’s Tax Incentives

Philadelphia has 21 tax incentives and exemptions, and those programs resulted in an average of at least $215 million in forgone city tax revenue in recent years.

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Cloud-Hosted Software Is Helping to Clone Automated Government Processes

“We want to make it easier for governments to get people to comply with regulations that didn’t use to seem important enough to follow,” CityGrows’ CEO said.

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What Is Denver Learning From Its Public Restroom Pilot Program?

Some preliminary observations and trends already have surfaced in the year since the project’s launch.

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Attacks, Crashes Underscore Need for New 911 Systems

State and local 911 call centers increasingly are besieged by pranksters and buggy software. Next-generation technology may provide relief, but few states or localities can afford it without help.

Route Fifty State and local emergency management professionals gathered in Alexandria, Virginia, for the National Emergency Management Association's mid-year forum on Thursday.

Acting FEMA Chief Spotlights Agency’s Priorities for State and Local Emergency Managers

President Trump “wants to make sure FEMA is responsive ... and make sure that we’re there for you.”

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On the Brink of AHCA Vote, Kansas Lawmakers Make Their Own Move on Medicaid

“I think if we waited for Washington to sort themselves out, we wouldn’t vote for anything,” one Kansas state senator told Route Fifty.

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